13 May 2019

By: Sport Industry Group

On 25th June at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, global sport for social change pioneer, Beyond Sport and Sport England, will bring together 250 senior UK leaders and international experts for a day long forum exploring sport’s transformative role in British society.

Beyond Sport and Sport England, will work with official partners The Football Association, Mayor of London and UK Sport to support and inspire action around sport’s potential to address the UK’s most pressing social issues. Significantly, the Beyond Sport UK Forum will highlight how the sport industry’s involvement can deliver both social good and business success.

With the release of the first cross-departmental strategy for sport, 'Sporting Future', in December 2015, Sport England’s 'Towards an Active Nation' in May 2016 and the Mayor of London’s 'Sport Unites' in March 2018, there has been a noticeable increase in recent years in investment, belief and support of sport’s role as a force for good and its contribution to meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The Beyond Sport UK Forum will demonstrate the ways that sport can impact social and community development – one of the five positive outcomes of sport outlined in the government’s Sporting Futures strategy. Furthermore, the forum plans to examine how partnerships across the public, third and corporate sectors are a driving force for such change.

Tim Hollingsworth, Chief Executive, Sport England said: “Sport plays an increasingly powerful role in addressing social issues, uniting local communities and helping individuals thrive. But we believe its full potential to improve lives, build stronger communities and create a healthier happier nation is not being fully realised. This event is about bringing together some ‘unusual suspects’ from the worlds of business, sport, the third sector and government that can all have a role to play in furthering sport’s impact on society.

"Our aim is better to leverage our collective impact, do better, move faster and in doing so help to address the pressing issues people in our communities are challenged with.”   

Topics of discussion will include promoting social trust, reducing isolation, bringing people from diverse backgrounds together and integrating migrant communities. The forum will also explore how the sport industry can align its unique role with business objectives.

Nick Keller, Founder of Beyond Sport said: “There has never been a more crucial moment as our neighbourhoods, communities and cities face a complex range of challenges and societal pressures. Sport can play a vital role and it’s an exciting proposition to finally have the industry and key stakeholders in sport together and collaborating.

“Beyond Sport UK in partnership with Sport England will galvanise key industry leaders, seek innovative solutions and foster creative partnerships. More recently we have seen what positive impact sport can have and now it is time for sport to fulfil its promise to all and help create more sustainable, integrated and peaceful communities.”

To secure a spot at Beyond Sport UK, visit here